Elaine Horstman, 82, of Sparta
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 3:18 AM
Elaine P. "Lany" Horstman, 82, of Sparta, Wis., died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, with her family by her side at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis.
She was born July 9, 1930, in Spring Grove to Peter and Marie (Lebakken) Hougstad.
On Oct. 21, 1961, she married Del Horstman at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in La Crosse, and they have shared over 51 years of marriage.
Lany loved flowers and enjoyed sewing and doing crafts, especially counted cross-stitch. Her hands were never idle and always kept busy with one project or another.
When she wasn't doing crafts, she enjoyed baking and cooking, and her family knew they had better be at the table ready to eat when the food was hot!
Lany also looked forward to the times traveling with her husband in his semi-truck, which she encouraged him to buy. No matter where they went, she would always try and bring back a pinecone to add to her collection.
Lany also enjoyed listening to her niece's husband, Wally Tranberg, sing and play his guitar, even during her last days in the hospital as she tapped her feet to the music.
Survivors include her husband, Del; three children, Debra (Tab) Gunderson of Mindoro, Wis., Cynthia (Duane) Hanson of Viroqua, Wis., and Lisa (James) Kleist of Houston; seven grandchildren, Jenna, Matthew and Michael Gunderson, Katie and Carrie Hanson and Cameron and Jordan Kleist; a great-granddaughter, Riley Gunderson; four brothers-in-law, Jerry Tabacco, Glen (Judy) Horstman, Bob Garves and Ed Fisher; four sisters-in-law, Mildred (Harold) Zeman, Doris Reamer, Arlene (Dallas) Wegner and Helen Horstman; many nieces and nephews; and her dog, Snuggles, who was very special to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Myrtle (Arthur) Hjelsand, Palma (Arthur) Watson, Vivian Tabacco, Ruth (Roy) Scholl, Gladys (Morris) Iverson and Lucille (Herman) Tewes; a nephew, Donald Watson; three brothers-in-law, Waldemar "Wally" Horstman, Verdell Horstman and Dave Reamer; and two sisters-in-law, Elaine Garves and Delores Fisher.
Funeral services were held Dec. 31, 2012, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Salem, Wis. The Rev. Roger Grow officiated. Burial was in Burns Cemetery.
The Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Bangor, Wis., assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.jandtfredrickson.com.